Seattle, WA, United States (4E Sports) – Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner turned down the NFL’s offer to shorten by three months his one-year suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
He will instead continue his appeal.
The decision means Browner could find himself out of action until next December if the appeal isn’t successful.
The ban reduction would not allow Browner to link with a new team when he becomes a free agent in the offseason as the deal prohibits him from signing with a new team until next October.
Browner, 29, was hit with the full-year ban rather than the usual four-game suspension as a repeat offender.
The Seahawks cornerback is disputing the suspension as his placement in the NFL’s drug program stemmed from missed tests while not playing in the NFL from 2006 to 2010.
He is also apparently fighting the recent failed test, claiming there were errors with the sample collections process — the same technicality teammate Richard Sherman used to escape a PED suspension last season.
His case is strong enough that the NFL offered to reduce his suspension.
Browner has not played since injuring his groin against the Atlanta Falcons on Nov. 10.
A key member of the Seattle secondary, Browner made the Pro Bowl as a 27-year-old rookie after going undrafted out of Oregon State. He played three seasons in the CFL before garnering his first NFL job.